Taking our medications correctly is essential to our health. If we take our mediations incorrectly, serious health consequences can occur, even death. For these reasons we need to know exactly what medications we are taking and how to take them. We also need to be able to discuss any questions we have with our pharmacists.
We all basically understand that are medications are vital to our health and our well being. Yet, every day we all are making very serious mistakes at the drugstore and with our medications.
Dr. Oz, of the popular television show, Dr. Oz, recently did a segment that discussed the top three mistakes we were making at the drugstores.
These top three mistakes included:
Believing that over the counter medications were safe
The first mistake is not realizing just how dangerous over the counter medications are. We may purchase many of these products. We may not take the time to read the label on these products. We may not read the active ingredients. Plus, we may be mixing these products, especially products that contain that same active ingredient. This can be a deadly habit.
For instance, every year it is estimated that 60,000 people go to hospital every year because of acetaminophen overdose (APAP). Most of these overdoses are caused by mixing over the counter medications. OF the 60,000 people, estimates say 500 of them will die.
Most people believe that brand name medications are better than the generic ones
Brand name medications and the generic versions are exactly the same. They are made from the same exact active ingredient. The only difference is price. You will pay a lot more for the brand name medication.
Most people will admit to stopping their medication
The reason why people will quit taking their medication may vary. Some may stop taking it because they feel better and think they no longer need it. Others may forget to take it on occasion, they may not like how they feel when they take it or they simply can no longer afford it.
You should never quit taking your medication without talking to your doctor.
Our medication can be vital to your health. If you are having problems with it or if you have any questions about it, you should speak to your pharmacist or your physician.